July 23rd, 2010
11:03 AM ET

Pope defrocks U.S. priest over abuse allegations

Pope Benedict XVI has defrocked an Ohio priest after allegations he sexually abused a child, the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown said Friday.

Thomas Crum was removed from active ministry last year "in response to credible accusations of sexual misconduct involving a minor," the diocese said in a written statement.

The Vatican, reeling from allegations in recent years, released tougher rules earlier this month aimed at stopping the abuse of children by its priests.

"The Vatican has notified the Diocese of Youngstown that Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the request of Thomas Crum and removed him from the priesthood," the diocese said.

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  1. JenkaPen

    Christ is wounded in the heart by pedophile priests and other sinners...which is you and me.

    September 25, 2010 at 3:57 am |
  2. Checkthisout

    @nachooooo libre You have done an outstanding job of presenting the Gospel of Jesus Christ as it should be. As well as Don'tDistort and Iceman. Hats off to ya all!

    August 29, 2010 at 9:45 pm |
  3. Checkthisout

    Ops! Imeant :EVERYBODY" else,lol!

    August 26, 2010 at 10:09 am |
  4. Checkthisout

    You are most welcomed!
    Truth must be known. How does praying to dead "saints" help a person get into Heaven? That defies the Salvation through Jesus Christ, he is the only answer to getting to Heaven, and that after the Judgement.

    1 Timothy 2:5 (King James Version)

    For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
    Guess that leaves out dead saints,and The Virgin Mary, and everybofy else.

    August 26, 2010 at 10:06 am |
  5. Checkthis out

    Btw..who are Catholics praying to? This states that until the judgement day, all who die are dead and know nothing.

    Death is a Sleep
    Job 14:12 The dead “shall not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep” until “the heavens be no more.”
    Psalms 13:3 “Lest I sleep the sleep of death.”
    Daniel 12:2 “Many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake.”
    Acts 7:60 When Stephen died, “he fell asleep.”
    John 11:11-14 “Lazarus sleeps … Jesus spoke of his death.”
    1 Corinthians 11:30; 15:6, 18, 51 Paul said death was “sleep.”
    1 Thessalonians 4:13-16 Those “which sleep in Jesus” will be resurrected.

    Do the dead haunt their house?
    Job 7:10 The dead “shall return no more to his house, neither shall his place know him any more.”

    The Dead are Unconscious
    Psalms 115:17 “The dead praise not the Lord, neither any that go down into silence.”
    Psalms 146:4 When a man dies, “in that very day his thoughts perish.”
    Ecclesiastes 9:5 “The dead know not anything.”
    Ecclesiastes 9:10 “There is no work... nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave.”

    August 26, 2010 at 7:59 am |
    • Takwik

      @Checkthis out

      That is an excellent post and thanks for bumping this thread long enough for me to see it.
      I even had fun reading the rest of the thread. My disgust at the Catholic Church and its followers is deeper now.

      August 26, 2010 at 9:04 am |
  6. Checkthis out

    Peter was married.
    Does not the Catholic Church forbid preists to marry?
    Then, how can they say Peter was a pope?

    August 26, 2010 at 7:56 am |
    • geraldh


      First of all celibacy is not universal. There are married priests in the CC for example easter rite Catholic preists can be married. Secondly celibacy is a discipline/practice. It has not always been required of all priests in the Catholic Church. There have even been a few married popes. But less than 40. Probably much less. THirdly while Peter was married at some point it is unlikely he was when he walked with Jesus. WHile the Bible mentions his Mother in law there is no mention of his wife. And it is clear he is living with his brother andrew. An odd arrangement if his wife was living. But again it doesn't really matter as celibacy is a practice, more than a doctrine.

      February 12, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
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